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11 07, 2018

Comments that Parents Hear: “We only provide social skills training for students with Autism.”

2018-07-23T14:31:23-05:00

In this edition of the Comments that Parents Hear blog posts, Chuck Noe, Education Specialist, addresses comments parents often face when trying to obtain social skills training for their child: “Your child does not have social skills deficits.” “We do not provide social skills training.” “We only provide social skills training for students with Autism.” […]

Comments that Parents Hear: “We only provide social skills training for students with Autism.”2018-07-23T14:31:23-05:00
12 06, 2018

Comments that Parents Hear: “Modifications and Accommodations Are the Same Thing.”

2018-07-23T14:33:09-05:00

Recall the Law There is no definition or mention of these terms in IDEA regulations.  It is generally accepted that “Accommodations are changes in how a student accesses information and demonstrates learning.  Accommodations do not substantially change the instructional level, content, or performance criteria.  The changes are made in order to provide a student with equal access to learning and equal opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do.  Accommodations can include changes in the following:  presentation and/or response format and procedures;  instructional strategies;  time/scheduling; environment; and   equipment.”  and    “Modifications are changes in what a student is expected to [...]

Comments that Parents Hear: “Modifications and Accommodations Are the Same Thing.”2018-07-23T14:33:09-05:00
5 06, 2018

Comments that Parents Hear: “Your Child will Not Receive Recess or Lunch with Peers”

2018-07-23T14:36:10-05:00

Recall the law: Districts “must take steps, including the provision of supplementary aids and services determined appropriate and necessary by the child’s IEP Team, to provide nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities in the manner necessary to afford children with disabilities an equal opportunity for participation in those services and activities. (b) Nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities may include counseling services, athletics, transportation, health services, recreational activities, special interest groups or clubs sponsored by the public agency.” 300.107 […]

Comments that Parents Hear: “Your Child will Not Receive Recess or Lunch with Peers”2018-07-23T14:36:10-05:00
29 05, 2018

Comments that Parents Hear: “We cannot/will not provide services to your child during after school activities or nonacademic services.”

2018-05-31T08:28:07-05:00

Recall the Law: Schools (a) “must take steps, including, the provision of supplementary aids and services determined appropriate and necessary by the child’s IEP Team, to provide nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities in the manner necessary to afford children with disabilities an equal opportunity for participation in those services and activities.” “(b) Nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities may include counseling services, athletics, transportation, health services, recreational activities, special interest groups or clubs sponsored by the public agency, referrals to agencies that provide assistance to individuals with disabilities, and employment of students, including both employment by the public agency and assistance [...]

Comments that Parents Hear: “We cannot/will not provide services to your child during after school activities or nonacademic services.”2018-05-31T08:28:07-05:00
20 09, 2017

Comments that Parents Hear: “We cannot/will not provide X service(s) to your child during after school activities or nonacademic services.”

2017-09-20T21:15:15-05:00

If a parent, student or the school decides that the student will or should participate in nonacademic or extracurricular services and activities, the school must make plans that will allow the student to participate in these services and activities. As part of this process the IEP team must consider whether supplementary aids and services are “appropriate and necessary” to allow “an equal opportunity for participation”. If the student is provided aids, services or accommodations to allow them to participate in academic activities, then it would seem that these would probably be needed to allow “an equal opportunity for participation” in nonacademic [...]

Comments that Parents Hear: “We cannot/will not provide X service(s) to your child during after school activities or nonacademic services.”2017-09-20T21:15:15-05:00
27 07, 2017

Comments that Parents Hear: “Your child is too smart to have an IEP.”

2019-10-03T12:06:40-05:00

Fact: Intelligence has no bearing on disability or need. Even individuals with genius level IQs can have a disability that affects their ability to access the curriculum. A student with a disability and "high cognition" can have needs (organizational skills, homework completion, social skills, counseling, and classroom behavior, etc.) that need to be addressed through special education and related services. IDEA does not require schools to help a child reach their potential. However, OSEP does say that the school should "consider information about outside or extra learning support provided to the child".  This would include support the family is providing directly [...]

Comments that Parents Hear: “Your child is too smart to have an IEP.”2019-10-03T12:06:40-05:00

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